Easy Party Recipes

Having a party can be a lot of fun, but so many hostesses get all stressed out, there are so many easy party recipes to choose from, when choosing recipes remember first to decide what kind of party you want to have, will it be a sit down at the dinner table, buffet, open house, or outside pool party, these are very important decisions to make, because all have different menus and plans for a successful party.

Alternatively, buffet entertaining maximizes your time, budget and energy because it provides a variety of options when serving to a large group of people. There is a trend to buffets at holiday time.

Buffets have so many ways to make it easy to serve. If you do not have a lot of seating in your house or a large dinner table, it can be very casual by putting stations around the house so people can help themselves.

Choose buffet recipes that can be prepared in advance and later cooked or reheated in the oven before serving, it is less stressful, and the hostess doesn’t have to decide when the next course is to be served or how he or she is going to plate something for a large group.

Put out a wide selection of dishes such as Lasagna for the less adventurous guests and maybe a vegetarian choice, and also something spicy for your more adventurous guests.

You can offer plenty of variety, besides serving hot dishes, cold salads are great options such as carrot, broccoli, spinach or cabbage fruit salads, which can all be prepared the day before.

Open House

If the party is open house, or a come-and-go affair, make sure the buffet is available for a good amount of time, and when it is dessert time, you can clear the buffet away and bring out the dessert or have two tables,one for the regular meal and the other for dessert, if people are arriving throughout the afternoon or evening.

I like to provide cheese and vegetable plates in various locations throughout the house for guests to nibble on.

I found that many guests will offer to bring a dish, a bottle of wine or bread, they feel they want to contribute and I find there are also guests who offer to help, just say--- thank you and let them help, you could ask them to keep an eye on the serving table to see when platters need to be replenished or pick up used plates and cutlery.

Sit-Down Dinner

If you are going to have a sit-down dinner you will probably limit it to 20 guests or less. I have many easy party recipes on these links, so give them a try.

This is an opportunity to bring out those special bowls and dishes you received as wedding or anniversary gifts and don’t use often.

It is not necessary to use prime cuts of meat or chicken because if they are cooked in a slow cooker the meat will be moist and tender. Try braising and stewing economical cuts of beef, veal or chicken thighs and drumsticks, in fact, the slow cooker is a true help mate for those who are entertaining a crowd. slowcooker roast beef is truly a comfort food, this is a great crowd pleaser and a hot cup of soup is great in the winter.

You can make up several dishes in advance of the dinner party and refrigerate them to warm up before guests arrive, you can even make mashed potatoes the day before and do not forget if you have more than one slow cooker use one for hot drinks.

Remember all good parties start with a list and do not forget to check it twice.

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